I’m looking to buy a good set of headphones, but I remember the Bose issue a few years ago where their app was (and still is) stealing a lot of data. They’ll need to be wireless, a built-in mic and noise cancelling would be good. I don’t want to have to download an app. I’m currently looking at the Sony WH-XB900N.
What has been people’s experience with Bluetooth headsets, Librem hardware, and accessing the features of the headset?
p.s. I’ve ordered the L5 and I hope to get the L14 around Christmas.
The Librem 5 spec sheet says it supports Bluetooth 4 and uses the Redpine Signals RS9116. But looking at Redpine’s website, it says the chips support Bluetooth 5. What is the exact model the Librem 5 uses?
Is it the open source firmware that doesn’t support Bluetooth 5?
I’m using with my Librem 13v4 a Sennheiser MB660. Most times it works excellent - sometimes there is a connection problem which I solve by disabling headphones and bluetooth on the Librem and enable it again.
It came with a usb dongle to connect it to equipment without build-in bluetooth. I use that dongle on my phone at work, but didn’t try it with my Librem.
I like the sound when playing music or watching a movie. Using it as a headset with noise cancellation enabled mutes my own voice also and that feels a bit strange :).
When having it connected to my desktop phone and to the notebook the music on the Librem is paused when a call arrives through the phone. I didn’t really find out how this works, but it does not seem to be possible to restart the music after ending the call - except through the command line using the pulse audio tools.
There is an app around, but I never tried it and didn’t miss it, yet.
The Redpine Signals RS9116 supports Bluetooth 5.0 and the FOSS drivers in the Librem 5 are provided by Redpine Signals, so in theory Bluetooth 5.0 should work, but only Bluetooth 4 has been tested and the Librem 5 schematic only mentions Bluetooth 4.1.
Tried back and forth with Asus BT400 USB and different kernels (see the thread about the kernel updates).
In the end I did the following: Plugged in an usb cable between computer and headset (yes, it does not only have an usb port to charge, but it also provides a sound card by usb ) and used it in long calls without any problems.
Yes, not ideal, because with bluetooth I could move around, but from the perspective of privacy and security even better than bluetooth.